03 November, 2017

I decided that I want to cast on a Half Moon Oracle shawl by Voolenvine, which is a pattern that includes some brioche rib sections. I figured that I would cheat and do Fisherman's Rib instead because I was being lazy about learning brioche. I made a swatch, and jeez, 2-color F.R. is trickier than I thought. The main pattern was easy enough, and squishy and nice on both sides, but no matter what I did, the edges were messy. It was difficult to even find instructions for 2-color 'Shaker' Rib. The internet universe REALLY wants everyone to be doing proper brioche. For a moment I considered substituting a slipped-stitch rib which I think knits up really pretty, but NO, I'm gonna just learn brioche already. Maybe today.

On a random side note, I want to make a bunch of small doilies to use as drink coasters. I made a doily to put under a large jar candle, and I love it, so I think a bunch of coffee-cozy-doily-coasters would be special.

Also, this is Reese Witherspoon on the cover of some magazine, and I super love the sweater she's wearing. It's making me want to cobble together a bunch of different swatches and make something like it for myself. 

10 October, 2017

My husband got me a sewing machine for my birthday! YAY! One of the first things I want to make are some dpn needle cozies...seems like a good beginner project. This video shows how to do it. Piece of Cake!

14 September, 2017

I've been sitting around knitting a bunch of mitered squares for my attempt at a cozy memories blanket, and binge watching 'Call the Midwife'. In the last episode I watched, the nurses were knitting squares too! How exciting! It showed them knitting the squares with knitting needles, and sewing them all together so that at the end of the episode they were able to present their hospitalized friend with a lovely gift of a...........CROCHETED GRANNY SQUARE BLANKET.

19 July, 2017

Omg, this is awesome! πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’—

15 July, 2017

I recently found a new-to-me sock yarn company that is totally awesome. It's Lucky Violet color company and wow, the next time I need a skein, I'm gonna order it from there. I love every single colorway. 

In other knitting news, I have started to expand my project bag collection. Currently I only have one, and I love it, and carry it around with me everywhere. I got it from Robin's Roost on Etsy, and it is so well made and pretty. I ordered another bag from someone else, I don't remember who, and it was supposed to be a sock project bag, but when I got it, it was really really small. I was going to use it to hold lipsticks or something, but as of right now, it's sitting unused under the bathroom sink. I then tried getting another from Robin, and it was the same price as my other one, and labeled the same, 'medium project bag', but when I got it, it was 4 inches taller than my first one. Apparently, I am picky about the exact size and shape of my bags. Now I know. I prefer ones that are about 12 inches wide, 8 inches tall, don't balloon out at the top, and have a completely sewn in zipper. Also, it needs to be a bit darker so that it doesn't look dirty right away, and if it's a floral, all the better. I shopped around Etsy for another, and this time, before I bought it, I checked the measurements. It's a purple floral, yay! And I also have a drawstring sock project bag coming to me, in 2 shades of red floral. 

The next things I need are more drop spindles(I currently have one that I suck at using, lol), blocking boards/pins(I have zero blocking equipment right now), and a weaving loom! :)

14 July, 2017

I've been working on my socks for the Box of Socks KAL, and debating how to fold them so that my box is organized and cute....and I found this video! I'm gonna try it, it looks promising!

14 May, 2017

I can see myself getting really into quilting someday. I like this kit from Craftsy, the Ice Cream Quilt Kit. But for now, I think I should finish up all my other crafty WIPS...I think I have around 40 of them at this point... p.s. Drop spindle spinning is harder than I thought it would be!
p.s.s. Hand dyeing yarn is so much fun and not as messy as I thought it would be!

29 April, 2017

If someone wants to send me this Soft Serve Sally ice cream plushy, I would love it, it's so dang CUTE! 

You know you want one too😊

20 April, 2017

"to repair with gold"

The art of repairing pottery with gold or silver laqueur and understanding that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken

I learned about kintsukuroi today and I πŸ’™ it